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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#87
Friday, 5 May 2017

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1. Russians approve of ‘Immortal Regiment’ memorial act, poll shows.
2. Ben Aris, Russia must reform now or face stagnation.
3. Moscow Times: The Economic Plan for Putin’s Next Term Is Already Set. Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin claims he knows how to boost economic growth. But analysts are skeptical.
4. Moscow Times: Half of Russians Consider Themselves To Be Poor, Study Finds.
5. Interfax: Differences in views, positions should be no impediment to protecting Russia in name of its people’s future – Putin.
6. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 4 MAY 2017.
7. RFE/RL: Russian Police Probe Radical Pro-Kremlin Group Over Navalny Attack.
8. Reuters: Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Russia Stops Him Traveling Abroad.
9. Meeting with Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova.
10. TASS: Putin vows to discuss gay rights issue in North Caucasus with prosecutor general.
11. Moscow Times: After Metro Bombing, Russia Confronts New Terror Challenges. The threats facing Russia may be diversifying. Can security services keep up?
12. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Vitaly Mikhaylyuk, The condemned: Living in a Khrushchyovka.
13. The Economist: A new kind of revolution. Russians rebel against plans to tear down their homes. Even apolitical Muscovites are up in arms.
14. Russia’s eco-activists: not out of the woods yet. It’s Russia’s Year of Ecology. But as these activists tell us, campaigning on environmental and urban issues is far from a walk in the park.
15. AP: Putin Hints at Russian Desire to Bid for Summer Olympics.
16. AP: Transcript of David Miller’s Interview With Vladimir Putin. (re Olympics)
17. Russian-German trade sees robust growth despite sanctions.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: In order to stop the Syrian war, country ‘will have to be divided.’ Russian experts believe the introduction of de-escalation zones in Syria will guarantee the dissolution of the country, as there is no other way of stopping the civil war.
19. Valdai Discussion Club: Russia-Turkey: Rapprochement, Although a Limited One. (Amanda Paul)
21. Obama-initiated campaign of Russophobia still lingers in US – Lavrov.
22. New York Post: Paul Sperry, Bad news for the Trump-Russia tinfoil-hat brigade.
23. Feinstein: No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Associates and Russia.
24. The Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, It Is What It Isn’t: Fake News Comes of Age as Ideology Trumps Evidence.
25. Natalia Antonova, You’re not a “Russia expert” if you don’t know Russian and have never been to Russia.
26. ‘Declaration of war’: Russian MPs blast US plans to enforce N. Korea sanctions on foreign territory.
27. AP: In Ukraine, Feeling Grows That the East Is Lost to Russia.
28. RFE/RL: ‘Peace Plan’ Lawmaker Stripped Of Ukrainian Citizenship By Presidential Decree.
29. Fort Russ: Savchenko: We will blackmail the US, by siding with Russia.
30. Le Monde diplomatique: Loic Ramirez, Keeping Donetsk going. Russia channels funds to the breakaway republics via a South Ossetian bank. Donbass coal may reach Ukraine via Russia; profits from requisitioned shops may fund state pensions. It’s all improvised.
31. UKRAINE IN THE CROSSFIRE by Chris Kaspar de Ploeg
32. Announcement: International Chess Tournament in Washington.

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